We all know someone who just makes you ragged. They bring you down; they make you weary. They leave a mess that unfairly, you end up having to clean. Its tiring and frustrating. We all need to learn how to move forward; how to look beyond that mess that is not ours but still clings to us and reverbrates in our lives.
Ragged Hope is an amazing book; I do believe it offers much in the way of healing and strength for those who are so close to, and so affected by, the poor decisions of those in their lives. The author refers to hope as “like a baby’s blanket; worn and tattered from much use, yet a comfort and a reminder of love and hope”. My daughter would agree I believe; her little pink blanket has been with her from almost day one. When daddy brought it home from the store just for her. Blankets can be so comforting to little ones. And us older folks too. Something about curling up, warm and toasty, soft and snug ~ feels just right no matter what the storm may be about us.
This book – its chock full of HOPE. It fuels that desire to read your Bible more, to pray more….Isn’t that what every good book should do? Guide you, point you, to THE author? The Creator? That’s where are the answers are. And this author does a fabulous job of leading; guiding you as you read, to a safe and arm place where there is hope. Where there is peace and healing. And where you can rest on Him, cast your cares upon Him.
There have been so many times in my life that I have wondered why I am “stuck” in someone else’s mess. There have been times (many, I AM a mom) when bad decisions, impulsive actions, or lack of action has left me needing to clean up. It’s not mine. Yet its as if it were. Life is messy. There is no way around it. Twists and turns, chaos and mess…Sticky, gooey jelly on that nice fluffy carpet; smeared on the wall. Or maybe words said that were not thought out before hand; things done carelessly. Too often do we not do or say, before we
think it all out. Really think it out. Its a generation of “me” even in the church. So many things pointing the way to “what makes us happy” and so few things reminding us how much more they are, than we are.
We are to show love. We are to treat others as more valuable than ourselves. Its His heart, and His mind we are to have. Yet not all think and do as we do; as we are called to do. It can be painful and frustrating. Heartbreaking when one you love especially walks in the flesh more than in the Spirit. This is a timely reminder too that we need to show Him in all we do. In all seasons we should seek to be content; to be at peace.
There is so much that He has for us; in His word. So many promises and gifts; blessings and trials ~ We must claim them and call always on His name. And regardless of how ragged we may be, let us never give up hope!
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